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When is the best time to pull out the cheese board?
The British tradition is to have cheese after dessert, accompanied by sweet wines. In France, cheese is consumed before dessert, with robust red wine. And either way is just fine with us!
The main purpose of a good cheese board is to give yourself, and your guests as wide a range of experiences as possible. In addition to aesthetics, a wooden cheese board makes for easy cutting, especially for and harder cheeses like Parmesan or Pecorino which really need a chopping board.
There are many cheeseboards to choose from. From slate cheese boards to personalised cheese boards, it really is a matter of preference. They are ideal as housewarming gifts, anniversary gifts or as a personalised wedding gift, along with a cheese knife set or perhaps a Ligne Wine Barrel Corkscrew.
Specially commissioned by Top Note Design, the Oak Wine Barrel Cheeseboard is handmade in Italy out of reclaimed wine barrels which have been used to store Sangiovese wine. Shaped to echo a wine bottle, they are naturally two-tone; the wine-seeped top contrasts beautifully with the golden oak of the underside – both sides can be used for serving cheese or antipasto.
Now, onto filling your cheese boards… bring a variety of textures to the party. Look for cheeses of contrasting texture – mix it up with soft and firm, creamy and crumbly, and even the type of cheese including cow, sheep, goat.
Here are selections that go really well together on any cheeseboard:
- Classic Selection – Cheddar, Brie and Stilton
- French Selection – Gruyere, Brie and Roquefort
- British Selection – Goats Cheese, Cheddar, Wiltshire Cheese and a Devon Blue
Serve with delicious accompaniments such as crackers, oat biscuits, grapes, nuts, celery or chutney – whatever you fancy.
Our mission is to help you buy the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in wine. Take a look at the items in our extensive range, like this set of six round wine-inspired coasters and placemats as a gift set or accompany with a gift card to receive free delivery, on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or as ideal gift ideas for couples.